Jacksonville Jaguars 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 1: Seven Rounds
Jacksonville Jaguars Seven-Round Mock Draft
This is an excellent draft for new Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell to start a total rebuilding process with. While this draft class lacks the elite, big name players that draw headlines, it more than makes up for with its outstanding depth at several important positions.
The Jaguars have needs at just about every position on the field, so they can truly use this draft to pick the best available talent when they are on the clock and not necessarily worry about filling needs at specific positions. As it currently stands, the Jaguars have seven draft picks with one in each round.
To this point, there has been speculation that the Jaguars will try to shop some of their early draft picks to try and acquire more picks later in the draft. With the talent available this year it seems unlikely that the Jaguars will be able to trade their first-round pick (second overall), but they may be able to move their second-round pick (33rd overall) which will be the first pick on the second day of the draft.
With Caldwell’s desire to have a younger roster next year, it would not be surprising for him to listen to any offers that will get him more draft picks.
The Jaguars rebuild is already underway on the defensive side of the ball with the release of safety Dawan Landry and cornerback Aaron Ross, so young players that fit new head coach Gus Bradley’s defense in the secondary are sure to be a primary target for the Jaguars in the draft. The Jaguars also have to address needs along the defensive line and linebacker positions at some point this offseason.
Here is a look at what the Jaguars might do in April’s NFL Draft.
First Round: Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
Ansah is an extremely raw prospect who has more upside than any player available in this draft. He possesses the size (6’5”, 271 lbs.) of a traditional 4-3 defensive end, but possesses the athleticism of a 3-4 outside linebacker. The versatility that Ansah brings makes him a perfect fit for Gus Bradley’s hybrid front defense which will allow him to play with his hand on the ground or standing up.
Second Round: Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
The Jaguars are totally rebuilding their secondary this offseason and Banks possesses the traits that Gus Bradley is looking for in his cornerbacks. Banks is a big, physical corner who is best suited for Bradley’s press man coverage scheme.
Third Round: Jamie Collins, Outside Linebacker, Southern Mississippi
With the potential departure of Daryl Smith in free agency, the Jaguars have a massive need at the linebacker position that needs to be addressed in the draft. Collins is a big, athletic linebacker who fits the Jaguars new defensive scheme and can immediately be penciled in as a starter next year.
Fourth Round: Matt Scott, Quarterback, Arizona
The Jaguars are going to take a quarterback in the draft this year to provide some competition for Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne in training camp. Scott is a mid-round project quarterback who possesses a strong arm and good athleticism. The Jaguars were in attendance at Scott’s pro day and have his former quarterbacks coach at Arizona, Frank Scelfo, on their new coaching staff.
Fifth Round: Sanders Commings, Cornerback/Safety, Georgia
Commings was a physical, press corner in college at Georgia, but projects as a safety in the NFL. He is the kind of tweener prospect that excelled in Gus Bradley’s defense in Seattle and would be an excellent replacement for the recently departed Dawan Landry.
Sixth Round: Kenjon Barner, Running Back, Oregon
Barner was an extremely productive running back in college, but scouts are worried that he is a bit undersized to be an every down NFL rusher. Luckily for the Jaguars, they do not need an every down back. Barner would be a suitable change of pace back for Maurice Jones-Drew and would provide that Jags with a dangerous kick returner that they desperately need.
Seventh Round: Omoregie Uzzi, Offensive Guard, Georgia Tech
The Jaguars offensive line is a mess and they need to find guys who can come in and compete for starting jobs and provide depth. Uzzi is an athletic interior lineman who played in Georgia Tech’s triple option offense. With the Jaguars moving towards a zone blocking scheme, Uzzi would immediately become an option at left guard for a team that desperately needs one.